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John Gwynn

John Gwynn, by Unknown artist, circa 1770 -NPG 4680 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Gwynn

by Unknown artist
circa 1770
36 in. x 29 1/4 in. (914 mm x 743 mm)
NPG 4680

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The drawing refers to Gwynn’s English Bridge at Shrewsbury, built 1769-74. An unfinished version of this portrait, once attributed to Zoffany, is in the Museum at Shrewsbury (O.159); [1] the anonymous etching, cited above, is crude.

Footnotesback to top

1) Listed G. C. Williamson & Lady Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A., his life and works, 1920, p 233; the attribution doubtless derived from Gwynn’s presence in Zoffany’s Academicians.

Physical descriptionback to top

Grey eyes, powdered hair, wearing a white collar, dark purple suit and white collar; holding a drawing inscribed: The Center for.../Arch at Shrews... ; a green curtain upper left.

Provenanceback to top

Purchased from Bernard Weinreb 1969.

Reproductionsback to top

Anon. etching (bust length, with illegible letters faintly scratched letters below).1

1 Illus. Boswell's Johnson, ed. R. Ingpen, 1907, I, p 217.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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